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Israeli spacecraft crashes in moon landing attempt

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet crashed while attempting to land on the surface of the moon.

“If at first you don’t succeed, try again,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said from SpaceIL’s control room in Yehud, in central Israel, on Thursday. He vowed that Israel would attempt the moon...
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Netanyahu wins narrow victory in Israel’s election

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Benjamin Netanyahu appears likely to win a fifth term as Israel’s prime minister as right-wing parties have maintained their majority in nationwide elections on Tuesday.

With more than 95 percent of the vote counted, Netanyahu’s Likud party and the opposition Blue and White party are...
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JCRS honors Betty Kohn with Roots of Fashion

By ALAN SMASON

At 95 years young, Betty Kohn was ready last Saturday, March 31, for a night of revelry and a nod to haute couture as the Jewish Children’s’ Regional Service (JCRS) presented its biggest fundraising gala on record, the Jewish Roots of Fashion.

Dillard’s provided much in the way...
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Stephen Sontheimer, Billy Henry begin work at Lake Lawn, Metairie

After a year hiatus due to two signed non-competition agreements, Stephen Sontheimer and Billy Henry, formerly of Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home of Metairie, began work in the funeral industry again on April 2. The pair will now work at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home and Cemeteries, a Dignity Memorial®...
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Auerbach leading ‘The Blind’ in her residency

By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

Born to Jewish parents in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk on the border of Siberia, composer, concert pianist, poet and visual artist Lera Auerbach has made a huge impact on the international creative arts scene since settling in the United States in...
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Sandy Levy is feted at JEF’s Annual Event

By NICHOLAS HAMBURGER, Special to the CCJN

On Thursday, March 28, the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana (JEF) honored Saundra “Sandy” Levy, who announced her retirement from the non-profit corporation last spring after serving as its executive director for 27 years. The event, which was held at the Audubon Tea...
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Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon: Anti-Zionism, BDS are the new forms of anti-Semitism

Danny Danon

By SEAN SAVAGE

 — The Jewish state has seen remarkable diplomatic success in recent years—from the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as its official capital last year to Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights this week, to emerging relations with countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. For many...
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IDF readies response to pummel Hamas after one rocket attack too many

By YAAKOV LAPPIN

 — The Hamas rocket that shattered a village home in the Sharon district of central Israel, north of Tel Aviv early on Monday morning, is an attack that for Israeli leadership represents a step too far.

Eleven days after Hamas fired two rockets in the direction...
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Meet Rabbi Katie Bauman, new senior rabbi at Touro Synagogue

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

Although she is a native New Orleanian, Rabbi Katie Bauman, recently selected to take over as the next senior rabbi at Touro Synagogue, has spent limited time in her hometown since she was nearly four years old. Despite that, she has deep roots...
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Special Report: The Israel-Egypt treaty at 40

By KEN STEIN

(JTA) — On the stormy evening of Sept. 17, 1978, with President Jimmy Carter as their witness, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin stepped to a table at the White House and signed the Camp David Accords.

It consisted of two framework agreements:...
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